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15,000 face wait on free bus passes for over-60s

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Almost 15,000 people who turn 60 this year in the West Midlands will no longer be able to get a bus pass to use from their birthday under new plans.

Almost 15,000 people who turn 60 this year in the West Midlands will no longer be able to get a bus pass to use from their birthday under new plans.

A new system is to be introduced by the Department for Transport from April, which will mean men and women can only get their pass on the date they are eligible for state pension.

This is rising on a sliding scale between 2010 and 2020.

A report for West Midland transport authority Centro revealed today those born before and on April 5, 1950, will get their bus pass the day they turn 60.

Those born between April 6 and May 5 will have to wait until May 6, and those whose birthdays are between May 6 and June 5 will have to wait until July 6.

Those born between August 6 and September 5, 1950, will wait for January.

Councillor Bob Badham, Sandwell Council's transport boss, said today he was concerned pensioners were being denied free travel.

John Mellor, chairman of the Wolverhampton branch of the National Pensioners' Convention, said: "This is tinkering for tinkering's sake."

Centro spokesman Steve Swingler said: "Holders in the West Midlands will continue to get one of the best schemes in the country."

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